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Puyuma Language
(4,534 words)

1. General Introduction

1.1 Geographic distribution

Puyuma (Bēinányǔ 卑南語 in Chinese) is an Austronesian language spoken in Táiwān. The Puyuma people reside in southeastern Táiwān in Taitung (Táidōng 台東) County. The total population of Puyuma was around 12,000 in 2013, but the number of Puyuma speakers is probably less than 1,000. The Puyuma live in eight villages, and each village speaks a different dialect.

Map 1. Geographical distribution of the Puyuma dialects

1.2 Dialect group classification and genealogical position


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Stacy F. TENG, “Puyuma Language”, in: Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics, General Editor Rint Sybesma. Consulted online on 23 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2210-7363_ecll_COM_00000260>
First published online: 2015

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